Jenga the great failure metaphor

Jenga the great failure metaphor

Many of us have been there. You and your friends or family are gathered around a table, your hands are shaking, you take hold of one of the rectangular wooden pieces and tug at it, there is resistance, and the tower sways. It might fall, but it also might stay up. You don’t know how the stack of blocks will respond to your touch before you try and remove it. Failure is always a possibility. Jenga is a simple game…

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A New Service In Japan: eScooters

A New Service In Japan: eScooters

eScooters are gaining popularity in North America and Europe, but will they be popular in bike popular places like Japan?

When I visited Japan in 2018/2019 one of the interesting aspects of the culture that I saw, was their use of the bicycle. People in Japan use bikes like people in Canada use cars, it’s less for recreational use and more for running essential errands (groceries and local travel). Recently, I’ve noticed a new initiative rolled out in Ottawa, the eScooter. Seeing these rentable e-scooters on every street and every corner of the city got me thinking and asking my partner, do you think the rentable e-scooter industry has done so in one of the most bicycle-friendly countries in the world, Japan? 2021 is the second year of an electric scooter pilot program in the city of Ottawa. It would be interesting to see how the pandemic impacted the rollout of the e-scooter initiative but that isn’t something I’ll be addressing today.

Why is Shinto so fascinating to me?

Why is Shinto so fascinating to me?

I never considered myself a religious person. I don’t typically find the idea of religion very interesting. As someone with an undergraduate degree in history that might be somewhat surprising, as religion tends to find itself at the center of history all the time. So it is interesting now that I find myself exploring Shinto (one of Japan’s most popular religions) for the final research project of my History of Japan class.  What piqued my interest in Shinto? It wasn’t until 2018…

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Gamers are the social ones now

Gamers are the social ones now

Socially Isolated… Addicted young people… Few real-life social ties. This was the definition of a lonely gamer from an article which I read back in 2015. At the time, I was writing a blog post about the depiction of gamers in popular culture. The year is now 2020, a full five years after I wrote about the stereotyping of gamers. Guess what? We are the social ones now! That’s right, the world is changing. COVID-19 has forced us into social…

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Reflections: Meme-ing through social distancing

Reflections: Meme-ing through social distancing

I can’t journal. I just can’t. But I can meme. These are tough and uncertain times and we must take the COVID-19 situation very seriously. While, yes, it is important to take the current situation seriously, we still have to stop and find joy and happiness wherever we can find it. For me, and I think many people, humour is going to get us through this situation. Updated: April 9, 2020 How is this still a problem? Mute it, just…

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PC Build: The Research

PC Build: The Research

For years I have wanted to build my own gaming computer. I hate to make excuses but at the end of the day, things just never materialized. There are a lot of factors, but most of those involved being a student. My undergrad lasted from 2005-2010, my college degree from 2010-2012, and finally my master’s degree from 2015-2017. While I’ve always been a gamer, the time I have had to invest in gaming has always been up and down. However,…

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Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

While the Shyla and Ryan Japan Adventure 2018/19 has come to a close, the next adventure is right around the corner, Japan 2.019! I’m going to (un)feature the first collection of posts and replace it with this one. Below you will find a new collection of blog posts about my upcoming trip to Japan this May/June! Don’t worry! The first collection of posts are still accessible here! Announcement Post 2.0 (Two Point Oh)– Originally posted on March 21, 2019 Update…

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T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

Twice in one year? Inconceivable!? But alas, I am heading back to Tokyo in May/June of this year. Unlike the last trip which saw Shyla and I travel to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukui, and Kanazawa, this time we are going to be a little bit more stationary. That means no Shinkansen trips, at least not that we currently have planned. Instead, this trip will mostly be situated in Tokyo with visits to Disney (both Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea), a…

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Downloadable Unofficial Bluesfest 2019 Calendar (Google Calendar)

Downloadable Unofficial Bluesfest 2019 Calendar (Google Calendar)

I went looking on the Bluesfest website for a downloadable unofficial calendar schedule to add to my Google Calendar, I couldn’t find one. Yes, there is a mobile app, but I don’t want to use it (just a personal choice). So I made my own Google Calendar. In the description, I have added times and stages. Feel free to download a copy of the calendar for your own use (public view here). I will try and update it but I…

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Amazon Prime Video: A Feature Rich Streaming Service

Amazon Prime Video: A Feature Rich Streaming Service

I’m taking a break from Japan posts this time and trying to get back into writing about one of my greatest loves, technology. Looking for a movie This past weekend I was on a Steve Carell bender. He has really evolved in the roles he’s taken on. Early in his career as a correspondent on The Daily Show from 1999 to 2005 and his role as cringy business manager Michael Scott on the Office (2005 to 2011) were goofy and…

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